Home  >  News & Events  >  News Details  

CCM and University of Phoenix Announce Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program

Agreement Makes Earning a Four-Year Degree more Flexible and Affordable - Posted 3/4/14
Students looking for a relevant and affordable education, flexible school schedule and a simple transfer process now have another option to meet those goals at County College of Morris (CCM) as a result of a new agreement with University of Phoenix.

Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of CCM, and Dr. Bill Pepicello, president of University of Phoenix, have entered into a strategic education alliance to provide clear pathways to bachelor’s degree completion for CCM students. The alliance includes an articulation agreement that allows CCM students to transfer to University of Phoenix with a tuition reduction and fulfillment of the university’s early sequence course requirements.

On Tuesday, March 4, about 15 officials from both institutions met on CCM’s Randolph campus to celebrate the alliance with a signing ceremony. Yaw and Gary Williams, vice president at University of Phoenix’s Jersey City campus, signed ceremonial agreements at the event. They, along with Dr. Dwight Smith, vice president of academic affairs at CCM, Jane Oates, vice president of external affairs at University of Phoenix, Kim Owens, vice president of workforce solutions at University of Phoenix’s Community College Center of Excellence, and Dr. Bette Simmons, vice president of student development and enrollment management at CCM, spoke to the group regarding the importance of the collaboration.

“We’re delighted to offer CCM students another option for earning their bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Yaw. “This articulation agreement eases the transfer process to University of Phoenix for our students while also providing them with an affordable pathway for earning a bachelor’s degree.”

“Community colleges are vital to economic growth and University of Phoenix is excited to partner with CCM to implement education initiatives that benefit workforce development in New Jersey,” said Dr. Pepicello. “This agreement provides CCM students well-defined paths to bachelor’s degree completion in high-demand fields and access to the university’s thousands of employer and industry partners.”

Students with an Associate of Arts degree from CCM who transfer to University of Phoenix will be considered as satisfying their early sequence elective, along with their general education requirements, making them “Required Course of Study”-ready at University of Phoenix. Students who earn an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree at CCM will be evaluated on a program-to-program basis.  All students are subject to the university’s admissions policies.  

CCM students must meet the university’s academic standards to transfer general education and elective requirements to University of Phoenix.  

University of Phoenix has campuses and learning centers throughout the country, as well as a flexible online learning format. The closest University of Phoenix campus to CCM is located in Jersey City. For more information about University of Phoenix community college partnerships, visit the Community College Center of Excellence at phoenix.edu.

In addition to this new partnership, CCM holds articulation agreements with more than 10 other four-year institutions, covering a wide range of bachelor’s degree programs. For a list of CCM articulation agreements, visit www.ccm.edu and search for “articulation.”  

# # #

Left, Gary Williams, vice president at University of Phoenix’s Jersey City campus, and Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of County College of Morris, shake hands after signing a ceremonial agreement at an event recognizing a strategic education alliance between the two institutions to provide clear pathways to bachelor’s degree completion for students.

Officials from both institutions met on County College of Morris’ Randolph campus to celebrate the alliance at a signing ceremony.